Blame It All – and, I Do Mean ALL – on Somebody Else

Rod Dreher has written a scathing review of Ta-Nehisi Coates book Between Me and the World. I haven’t read the book. However, I did watch an interview of Coates by Charlie Rose. Apparently, Coates makes the same point in the book that he did in the interview, namely, whatever bad or immoral thing happens to black people, even if it is perpetrated by other blacks, it is the fault of white people. Apparently there are no exceptions. If you’re hearing good things about Coates book, which is in the form of a letter to his son, read Dreher’s review for some counterbalance.

Dreher also takes the opportunity to mention a memoir by another black man, The Wind in the Reeds, by actor and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce. Pierce tells his story of hardship from a much different place and with radically different assumptions and worldview than Mr. Coates. Again, read Dreher’s article for more about The Wind in the Reeds, which will be released in September. I look forward to reading Mr. Pierce’s book. I think I’ll skip Mr. Coates’ Between Me and the World.

Rubio’s Foreign Policy – Not so impressive

A few days ago I expressed my appreciation for Marco Rubio’s articulate rationale for pursuing and supporting policies that will reduce the number of abortions, even if those policies are half-measures compared to the equal protection deserved by unborn babies.

I’m not nearly impressed with Rubio’s foreign policy vision. As pointed out by Daniel Larison and A.J. Delgado at The American Conservative, Rubio promises to be an aggressive, activist international interventionist. As Larison puts it:

“While he [Rubio] claims not to want to promote conflict, Rubio has a remarkable knack for advocating policies that would raise tensions in almost every region of the world. He imagines that this is necessary as ‘a means of preserving peace,’ but in practice it is a recipe for confrontation and costly entanglements.”

There’s a lot I like about Rubio. This, I don’t.